Electrical and Computer EngineeringWestern Engineering

Awards and Recognition

  1. “First Place Poster Award” for the Poster: Rajiv K. Varma, Ehsan Siavashi, Hesamaldin Maleki, Reza Salehi, Sibin Mohan, Mahendra A.C., S. Arifur Rahman and T. Vanderheide, "PV-STATCOM: A Novel Smart Inverter for Transmission and Distribution System Applications", 7th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources”, Niagara Falls, Canada, Oct. 24-28, 2016

  2. Awarded “Vanguard First Patent Issued Award” from WorlDiscoveries, Western University, 22nd September, 2016

  3. IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Energy Development and Power Generation Committee “Prize Paper Award” for the paper: Rajiv K. Varma, Shah Arifur Rahman, Mahendra A.C., Ravi Seethapathy and Tim Vanderheide, “Novel Nighttime Application of PV Solar Farms as STATCOM (PV-STATCOM)”, Proc. 2012 IEEE PES General Meeting, San Diego, USA, July 2012

  4. Paper Listed among “Best Conference Papers on Power System Stability and Protection” session in IEEE PES General Meeting, Washington, USA, July 2014: N. Rajaei, M.H. Ahmed, M.M.A. Salama, R.K. Varma, "Analysis of Fault Current Contribution from Inverter Based Distributed Generation", Proc. IEEE PES General Meeting, Washington, USA, July 2014

  5. Awarded "Hind Rattan (translated "Jewel of India") Award 2014" for Outstanding Services, Achievements and Contributions in my area. This Award is conferred annually to select members of the worldwide Indian diaspora - Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin by the NRI Welfare Society of India (http://www.nriwelfaresociety.com) at a ceremony at its yearly conference, held since 1981. This award was presented on the eve of Republic Day of India (January 26), 2014 in New Delhi.


  6. Awarded "Bharat Gaurav (translated 'Pride of India') Award 2014" for Meritorious Services, Outstanding Performance and Remarkable Role in my area. This award is conferred annually by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS) (http://www.globalfriendshipday.org) on personalities in India and abroad, who have made outstanding contributions in their personalized fields including science and technology, and education. The award was presented during IIFS's Global Friendship Day on January 9, 2014 in New Delhi.

  7. Co-nominated by London Economic Development Council (LEDC), City of London, for the "Canadian Energy Innovation Award" 2010 for “Utilization of PV Solar Farms in the Night”. {Ranked Second}. 

  8. “Recognition Award” by IEEE Power Engineering Society, Substations Committee, for Static Var Compensator WG I4 Special Publication: SVC Refurbishment, 2010

  9. “Recognition Award” by IEEE Power Engineering Society, Substations Committee, for Voltage Source Converter WG I5 Special Publication: Voltage Source Converter (VSC) Applications in Power Transmission 2008

  10. “Fulbright Scholar of the U.S. Educational Foundation in India”, travel award to conduct research at Bonneville Power Administration (B.P.A.), U.S. Dept. of Energy, Portland, Oregon, USA, during May-Aug. 1998

  11. “BOYSCAST (Better Opportunities for Young Scientists in Chosen Areas of Science and Technology) Fellow” of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, for pursuing advanced research in FACTS in Canada, during 1992-94.


  1. Eleven times recipient of the “University of Western Ontario USC Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence” for the years: i) 2014-2015, ii) 2013-2014, iii) 2009-2010, iv) 2008-2009, v) 2007-2008, vi) 2006-2007, vii) 2005-2006, viii) 2004-2005, ix) 2003-2004, x) 2002-2003, xi) 2001-2002

  2. "Terry Base Award for Outstanding Teaching in Mechanical & Materials Engineering" in 2011-2012

  3. “Faculty of Engineering R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching” 2003

  4. Nominated for “University of Western Ontario USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” for 2004-2005

  5. Nominated for “University of Western Ontario USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” for 2003-2004



  1. Sarnia Observer: Front Page Story
    “Western Research Demonstrated in Sarnia”
    Article date:  Dec. 13, 2016

  2. Blackburn News Sarnia:
    “New Technology Awakens Sleeping Solar Farms”
    Article date:  Dec. 13, 2016

  3. Sarnia Journal: Front Page Story
    “New device could put sleeping solar farms to work”
    Article date: Dec. 20, 2016

  4. Western University:
    “ECE professor Rajiv Varma demonstrates new technology to 'wake up' solar farms at night.”
    Article date: Dec. 13, 2016

  5. The London Free Press:
    “Western Research Demonstrated in Sarnia”
    Article date: Dec. 13, 2016

  6. The London Free Press:
    “Power sharing at night”
    Article date: August 17, 2010

  7. Western News:
    “Western Engineering finds new way of utilizing solar farms at night”
    Article date: August 16, 2010

  8. Toronto Sun
    "Researchers harness sun's power at night"
    Article date: August 17, 2010


  1. "PV Magazine", published from Germany, July 2011; Cover Article
    "Solar inverter upgrade: Relieving congestion on the grid by modifying inverter functions", Page 158

  2. “IPPSO FACTO” – Magazine of Association of Power Producers of Ontario, April 2010
    “Pushing the limits: How to get more value out of a transmission line”


Wind, Sun and Energy Storage Conference 2011, London, ON

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